Charleston has been on my travel wish-list for years - between the history, food, and all the pretty sights it seemed like the perfect destination for a long weekend. My wish finally came true and my mom, sister and I headed down there the week between Christmas and New Years for a fun ladies vacation.
The trip was everything I imagined and more, and I can easily say it's my favorite place I've been in the South so far. I loved how small it was (compared to NYC) and since we stayed downtown, everything was mainly walkable. We spent the first day walking through the little cobblestone streets in the historic district, looking into all the pretty yards that were still plush compared to the grey (and non-existent) foliage in the Northeast, and popping in and out of stores and churches. Some of the houses were so old - from the 1600s and 1700s! My inner self was totally nerding out. We spent one day at Boone Hall Plantation, which was both beautiful and moving, based on the history, and really made me reflect on the history of this country.
Although I loved all of the history in Charleston, naturally, one of my favorite parts had to be the food. It truly is a foodie city and the options were endless and all delicious - we had everything from Southern comfort food, to barbecue, to fresh seafood. One of my all time favorite meals (besides every biscuit I ate) was a fried oyster po-boy I had a 167 Raw. It was tangy, rich, and had this amazing red bean aioli that I haven't been able to stop thinking about. I left with a bunch of other places on my to-do list that we didn't get to, which means I'll have to go back! I included my list of recommendations below.